We’ve torn apart the themes and layouts engine and are in the process of putting it back together. Here’s how it’s going to work:
If you look in the right-hand corner of the screenshot above, I am editing my “Themes & Layouts” rather than my “Slides”. Starting from the lower-left corner, I am editing the “SlideRocket” theme and the thumbnails represent all of the layouts contained within the “SlideRocket” theme. Each layout may be edited independently, and I have assigned “Gray-dient” as the default background for my “Title Slide” layout.
Themes are applied to an entire presentation, and contain layouts, backgrounds, and styles. Each account will inherit themes that we provide, themes that are shared within your organization (if you have one), and themes that are shared in the broader SlideRocket community (meaning that you can grab themes from other people and bring them into your account).
Layouts are applied to individual slides, and control where text, images, etc. are placed. We currently have an interface to assign placeholders to layouts, and these placeholders are filled in on a slide-by-slide basis anywhere a layout is used. For example, you would fill in the title for a slide using a layout with a text placeholder that says “Insert Title Here”.
Backgrounds may be changed independent of layout, which provides tremendous flexibility. You can choose a default background for each layout, but it’s easy to change the background for any given slide. A background may be a solid color, a gradient, an image, a Flash animation or video, or a placeholder that changes per slide.
Styles have not been implemented yet, and they will allow you to control the font formatting for each slide. This will allow you to quickly change all text on a slide from black to white, for example, if you change the background from something light to something dark.
We have also discussed having overlays that would allow you to float items over the other contents of slides. This would be great for corporate logos or navigation bars, for example.